That brick fireplace,
at one time “the bane of my existence,” says Nancy, had wood pillars resting atop the plinths on brick corbels. They flanked a mirror that, oddly, reflected inhabitants from neck to belly. “The Colonial Revival mantelshelf was so massive, it had pulled away from the wall. It dwarfed the fireplace,” Nancy says. After removing three courses of brick, she replaced the old mantel with a shelf she designed based on original built-ins in the dining room. It’s made of Douglas fir.
She also expanded the too-narrow hearth floor, using Motawi tiles purchased through Pratt & Larson. The light-, medium-, and dark-green tiles came from three separate firings. Munske bordered the new hearth with 6"-wide mahogany trim boards. The ceiling cove was repaired.
above An English brass clock is accompanied by a Dirk van Erp box and Roycroft candlesticks. left The Stickley desk rescued from a condemned building is lit by a van Erp desk lamp with stenciled shade and a Gustav Stickley harp lamp. The new built-in...